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Students celebrate high A-level and Level 3 results

Students at WQE achieved excellent results in their A-level and Level 3 vocational courses this year.

Despite the global pandemic, cancellation of summer examinations and a prolonged college closure, students still managed to achieve exceptional grades through their commitment to learning, and hard-work across their courses, all resulting in the confirmation of calculated grades by awarding bodies that were based on the predictions of teachers.

98% of students achieved pass grades A* – E, a small increase from last year. Languages (German, Spanish and French), Fine Art, History, Geography and Economics were all amongst the highest achieving subjects this year, with most students gaining the high A*-B grades. Most notable this year was that, from 34 students taking their Mathematics A level after just one year, 15 achieved an A* and a further 17 achieved grade A.

In the exceptional circumstances that students have faced this year, the government set new guidelines for awarding qualifications, with schools and colleges required to assess students’ performance in mock examinations, progress in developing key knowledge and skills, homework and other common assessments. Students were then ranked and awarded grades by awarding bodies in a way that they believe reflected the expected achievement profile of our cohort. This was based on their assessment of similar past cohorts, adjusted to reflect variations in prior achievements of the student cohort relative to other years.

Paul Wilson, Principal at WQE, said: “Whilst we naturally had anxieties about how the interim system for awarding grades this year might be applied, we always remained confident that our students were well placed to be awarded the excellent outcomes they deserved. Once again there are a large number of students who are rightly celebrating today and we congratulate them on those achievements, as these are thoroughly deserved and the result of dedication and hard work.”

The College has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, providing young people with qualifications that further their prospects for the future. On completion of their studies, most students of WQE progress onto higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

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